Claire Lomas steps past 18.8-mile mark in marathon

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New Zealand eventer Blyth Tait, at left, is among the supporters urging Claire Lomas on.
New Zealand eventer Blyth Tait, at left, is among supporters urging Claire Lomas on. © Lulu Kyriacou

Paralysed equestrian Claire Lomas has reached the 18.8-mile mark as she methodically walks the 26-mile course of the London Marathon in a robotic suit to raise money for the charity, Spinal Research.

Lomas was joined early today (NZ time) by equestrians Mark Todd, Bettina Hoy and Blyth Tait, as well as the organisers of the equestrian section of the London Olympics.

The head of the London Games, Lord Sebastian Coe, paid Lomas a visit during her lunch break.

Lomas set out to raise £50,000 for the charity, but has reached £70,000 and the tally is still climbing.

Lomas, 32, who competed at four-star level, had a freak accident while competing at the Osberton Horse Trials in May 2007.

She collided with a tree, which resulted in fractures to her neck, back and ribs. She is now paralysed from the chest down.

While paralysed, she is determined to walk again and decided to complete the London Marathon, run on Sunday, April 22, to raise money for the charity.

Claire Lomas with Lord Coe.
Claire Lomas with Lord Coe. © Lulu Kyriacou

While most of the marathon runners were done within a few hours, Lomas is eyeing a finish on May 8.

Lomas, from Eye Kettleby, near Melton, will take an estimated 80,000 assisted steps in her robotic ReWalk suit.

Earlier articles:

» Claire steps out in a truly marathon effort (and video)
» Lomas crosses Tower Bridge in marathon walk

 

Links of interest:


Suit maker: www.argomedtec.com
www.matthampsonfoundation.org
Lomas’ jewellery design business
Donate on: 
Or text@ 70070 with LEGS60 £(amount)
Facebook: ClairesMarathonChallengeForSpinalResearch 

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Mark Todd and Bettina Hoy with Claire Lomas.
Eventers Mark Todd and Bettina Hoy with Claire Lomas. © Lulu Kyriacou

 

 

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